Historical depictions of the Last Supper are mainly symbolic in nature. Image Credit: Leonardo da Vinci
Two Italian archaeologists have been piecing together what Jesus and his Apostles would have eaten.
Despite how the Last Supper has been portrayed in paintings and artwork over the centuries, the historic meal did not actually take place at a large rectangular table at all.
Instead, everyone would have reclined on floor cushions as was common during that time period.
As for the menu - it is thought that Jesus and his Apostles would have dined on foods such as lamb, bean stew, olives, fish sauce, unleavened bread and aromatized wine during the gathering.
These findings and more have been revealed by Italian archaeologists Generoso Urciuoli and Marta Berogno who have combined historical records, Bible verses, Jewish writings and other sources to piece together dining traditions in Palestine at the time of Jesus.
"The Bible discusses what happened during that dinner, but it doesn't detail what Jesus and his twelve dining companions ate," said Urciuoli.
"Leonardo [da Vinci]'s mural derives from centuries of iconographic codes. Embodying the sacrament of the eucharist, the Last Supper has a very strong symbolic meaning and this does not help the historical reconstruction."
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